Throne Throne, n. [OE. trone, F. tr[^o]ne, L. thronus, Gr. ?; cf. ? a bench, ? a footstool, ? to set one's self, to sit, Skr. dhara[.n]a supporting, dh[.r] to hold fast, carry, and E. firm, a.] 1. A chair of state, commonly a royal seat, but sometimes the seat of a prince, bishop, or other high dignitary. [1913 Webster]

The noble king is set up in his throne. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

High on a throne of royal state. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, sovereign power and dignity; also, the one who occupies a throne, or is invested with sovereign authority; an exalted or dignified personage. [1913 Webster]

Only in the throne will I be greater than thou. --Gen. xli. 40. [1913 Webster]

To mold a mighty state's decrees, And shape the whisper of the throne. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. A high order of angels in the celestial hierarchy; -- a meaning given by the schoolmen. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Great Sire! whom thrones celestial ceaseless sing. --Young. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Throne — • The seat the bishop uses when not engaged at the altar Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Throne     Throne     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • throne — [ θroun ] noun * 1. ) count a special chair that a king or queen sits on 2. ) the throne the position of being a king or queen: an heir to the throne be on the throne: Queen Victoria was still on the throne then. 3. ) the throne HUMOROUS the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Throne — Throne, v. i. To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne. Shak. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throne — [θrəun US θroun] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos] 1.) a special chair used by a king or queen at important ceremonies 2.) the throne the position and power of being a king or queen ▪ He is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • throne — ► NOUN 1) a ceremonial chair for a sovereign, bishop, or similar figure. 2) (the throne) the power or rank of a sovereign. ► VERB literary ▪ place on a throne. ORIGIN Greek thronos elevated seat …   English terms dictionary

  • Throne — Throne, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Throned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Throning}.] 1. To place on a royal seat; to enthrone. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt. [1913 Webster] True image of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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